Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Coconut Cream Poke Cake

I'm really thrilled to be sharing this next recipe.  First of all, because we made it recently to celebrate my Momma's birthday.  Secondly, because it's another one of those easy cakes to make but tastes outta-this-world good.  Last year my Mom really wanted some Pea Pickin' Cake to celebrate her special day.  And because she loves those tropical flavors so much, I decided to make her a Coconut Cream Poke Cake this year.  The cake is so moist and has such a great creamy, coconut flavor that I think even folks who are not coconut lovers will fall in love with this one!
Ingredients:
1 (18 oz.) box white cake mix
ingredients needed to make cake (egg whites, oil & water)
1 (15 oz.) can Cream of Coconut
1 (8 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (8 oz) package sweetened flaked coconut
 The original recipe also called for a small can of sweetened condensed milk.  I have since found that it really isn't necessary in this cake.  It is already plenty sweet and creamy with just the cream of coconut, but if you'd like, you can certainly add it to your recipe.
You want to use Cream of Coconut -not coconut milk.   Cream of Coconut can usually be found in the alcohol aisle of your grocery store.  It tends to be near all the margarita mixes.  My local Walmart doesn't currently carry it but I am able to find it at Kroger.  When you open the can, you will need to give it a good stir because the cream part tends to separate from the liquid.

Directions:
Prepare and bake white cake mix according to package directions for a 9x13 pan.
Remove cake from oven, and while still hot, poke holes all over the top of cake using a large fork.
Open can of Cream of Coconut (making sure to stir it first) and pour over warm cake.
Make sure you evenly coat the whole cake and spread it around so it will soak in. 
 Let cake cool completely then frost with whipped topping.
 Then top with flaked coconut.
If you like you can toast your coconut first but we prefer it untoasted.
 Keep cake refrigerated.
I think this cake tastes best after it has cooled for at least a couple of hours.
 It gives it time for the coconut flavors to really soak in.
Enjoy!

94 comments:

Brandi said...

I love coconut flavored foods. This looks so delicious!

Bama Girl said...

Hi Brandie! Thanks for sharing this recipe! It's one of my favorites! Blessings from Bama!

RavieNomNoms said...

I love when you do poke cakes, they always look SO good!

Jen @ Juanita's Cocina said...

Mmmmmm, I adore coconut. And this would be SO perfect on a day like today!

Gorgeous!

Tina said...

Sooo soft and delicious..

Deborah Vogts said...

This looks really yummy! I love coconut cake. Makes me want to make one now! Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Hi Brandie, first time commenting but long time reader. I made your TACO BAKE last night and it was delicious, thanks for the recipe!!

A Lovin' Forkful said...

This cake is so delicious looking. I absolutely adore these poke cakes. You just can't go wrong with them.

Jennie @themessybakerblog said...

Yum! This cake looks so yummy. You can't go wrong with coconut.

The Better Baker said...

That's my girl! =-) Another wonderful doctored up cake from Miz Brandie. I made this many years ago...oh how excellent! Looks divine...

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

What a great recipe, this cake looks super delicious! :)

S.V. said...

I love the ease of this recipe and I love coconut. How long will the cake last?

Sunny said...

I attended a function in Texas a few years back and they served this cake. The lady who made it gave my Aunt and I the recipe and I have shared it many times.

It is our "favorite" cake! My darling husband thinks he is the luckiest husband in the world when I bake this cake for him. When Papa is happy, Mama is happy!!

Thanks for sharing. Sunny

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy! I'm going to make this one for sure.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

A beautiful and delicious cake - it looks so luscious!
Mary x

Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits said...

Simple, quick and delicious rules!!

Served up with Love said...

I am making this today for my Dad's birthday get together later. I can't wait to taste it. Thanks so much for such an easy recipe to follow and I found the cream of coconut in the mixer aisle, I would have never known to look there if you had not told me. Thanks again.

Debra Kapellakis said...

Oh my, that looks good!

J. Hall-Swadley said...

I made this last night for my anniversary, and my husband LOVED it!! Keep 'em coming, please!!

Anonymous said...

My mom had her own cake business growing up and she had a recipe very similar to this. She would get a can of crushed pineapple and stir the juice of it with the cream of coconut and use the Pineapple on the cake itself. It was a top seller and my personal favorite!

Jennifer C. said...

This was always a family favorite this time of the year, especially for Easter. My aunt would always make it. Now I make it. The only difference in my recipe and yours is I mix a can of sweetened condensed milk to the cream of coconut before pouring over the cake. Oh so gooey and rich! Also my recipe calls for the yellow cake mix with the pudding in the mix (which I never can find anymore of I just use the butter recipe cake mix now).

Jennifer C. said...

Oh and I forgot I also add a an of drained crushed pineapple to the top of the cake before spreading on the cool whip.

Kim Bee said...

Okay I officially love you now. This is spectacular.

Eileen said...

My daughter has requested a coconut cake for her birtday. This looks like a winner!

Melissa @ Loving this {crazy} life! said...

Oh, I absolutely LOVE coconut! I'm pinning this recipe and am going to try it out ASAP!

Found you over at The Better Baker who linked up to my linky party today. I'd love for you to link up as well!

Hope you're having a great day!

Stephanie Carlson said...

Oh my goodness, this is the cake for me! I love coconut. Great recipe! I'm off to find some cream of coconut.

janice15 said...

I love Coconut and been wanting to make a Coconut cake..but just haven't done it cause mostly me likes it and not the rest of the family...this looks and sounds great can't wait to make it thank you for sharing it..Janice.

Nancie said...

I am thinking of adding some run flavoring to the cake and maybe a bit of coffee in place of the water in cake mix..as anyone done that?

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog, and Im sooo excited! Trying this one today, and look forward to many more! Thanks!

CatWoman said...

I just found your blog through pinterest. I make a version of this cake and its always a hit. I add coconut milk powder to a can of condensed sweetened milk because I can't find coconut cream. I also add crushed pineapple to my topping - usually real whipped cream. Its so tropical tasting and delicious.

Anonymous said...

I made this exactly like you said except I used a dark chocolate cake mix.......delicious just like a Mounds bar

WildWSS said...

This is Wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Hugs.

Gina said...

I love this cake! I make it all the time and have used white cake, yellow, and strawberriy cake as well. They were all delicious. I also use the condensed milk but either way this cake is amazing!

Cory shaull said...

I make this with a devils food mix and poke holes to the bottom with a wooden spoon and mix the cream of coconut with eagle brand and pour it in the holes, refrigerate and then top with cool whip a yummy summer cake!

WendyC said...

Hi! Just found your poke cake recipes! Thanks for sharing! Just wanted to let you know that my family has been making a version of the coconut cake for years. It's one of our favorites! For our version we combine a can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk with the Coco Lopez. I thought you might want to try it! Thanks again!

ann in Arkansas said...

Oh i make this one too "cool &your creamy coconut cake" yum!!

The Better Baker said...

Hey Brandie - Tonya says hi and so do I. =D Love ya Girl!

KimT said...

coconut is one of my favorite flavors! Thanks for this one!

Craft 4 Change said...

I love this cake! One of our family favorites, only we call it "Wikki-wikki" cake (quick-quick!). I sometimes add coconut to the cake batter too! And it is so good cold! Thanks ~~Robyne~~

Anonymous said...

I made this cake for my mom, it turned out very yummy!

Anonymous said...

I too love coconut. I just discovered your site today and am looking forward to using this recipe.
But I was thinking I might use a chocolate cake mix instead. My favorite candy bar is Mounds; dark chocolate & coconut. Also I find it most annoying when I have to mess around
separating egg whites from the yoke.
Thank you for sharing your delicious sounding recipes.

Le said...

I want to leave work and go make this right now!I looove coconut and this looks amazing! all your recipes look AMAZING and i'm glad you have printable versions too!

mramz37 said...

I made this cake today for my family and it was amazing. The only thing I did differently was used a Duncan Hines Coconut Supreme Cake instead of a white cake. It is taking every once of my willpower not to go back into the kitchen and get another piece right now! My husband and family loved it--and we aren't even likers of coconut. :) Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

I just made this cake amazing ! I wil put fresh strawberry's on top ! I tried a small bite Yum !

Anonymous said...

I have been making this cake for a long time! It is always a hit at our family get togethers!!

Mrs. Van said...

I just made this and it was wonderful! I was initially skeptic that it would be too sweet but i was wrong. it was perfect! Thank you!!! I love your recipes :)

Anonymous said...

Hi I just want to say I love your page, and I'm having trouble finding cream of coconut what else can I use?

The Country Cook said...

I've only ever made this with the cream of coconut so I'm really not sure what would be a good substitute. You could maybe make this as a pudding poke cake and use coconut cream pudding. Or maybe you could get some sweetened condensed milk and add some coconut extract to it. :)

Betty819 said...

I made this yesterday morning for a birthday bash for a former neighbor. There were 7 of us neigbhors that helped her celebrate and they all loved it right away. It is such a light cake, absolutely delicious! For those who are having trouble finding Coco Lopez, I found it in the baking section with canned milk. Harris Teeter sells it in 8.5 oz. cans to to make up the 15 oz. I had to open both cans but the second can I only used 6 1/2 oz. of it..Sometimes you will find it in with cocktail mixers..it is thick like sweetened condensed milk. I think out of a 9x13 glass dish, there may be 3 pieces left. I did share two pieces with a neighbor last evening. I'm going to try the oreo poke cake next.

Lori Johnson said...

Thank you for sharing. I have always loved anything coconut. I am making this cake today for me and my sister in law who is Filipina. I know we both will enjoy it so much. :)

Anonymous said...

Brought this to a teen bible study group tonight and it was a huge hit! People got seconds, and others tried to, unsuccessfully...disappointed that it was all gone! I too mixed the Cream of Coconut with sweetened condensed milk and thought it was wonderful (though I think it would've been amazing exactly as posted too). Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!

Betty819 said...

This cake was "out of this world delicious" Everybody asked for a second piece..

I will definately make this often. Would you believe my local Harris Teeter store had Coco Lopez in with canned milk? I looked in all the other stores in aisle where cocktail mixers would be.

Anonymous said...

BRANDI YOU NEED TO WRITE YOUR OWN COOKBOOK

The Country Cook said...

SO happy y'all have had success with this one!! Thank you for taking the time to come back to let me know. I sure do appreciate it!
Anonymous - that is a dream of mine to write one. Maybe one day!! You are so sweet! ~Brandie

Anonymous said...

This looks amazing! I am planning to make it soon. How far in advance can you make it?

Thanks!

Kristy Hughes said...

I gave this a try and it was awesome! Thanks so much for sharing it.

Kristy Hughes said...

I love coconut, can't get enough of it. And it was a huge hit with all my friends as well!

Anonymous said...

Idon't have time to look trough all these wonderful and delish sounding recipes....do you have a link to a list of all of them? Thanks.

Heather Green said...

I can't find the cream of coconut where I live so do you know how this would be with coconut pudding? This sounds so wonderful, maybe I can find a site online for the cream of coconut. Thanks for posting all the yummy recipes :)

Brenda said...

I try this cake ,and it great. My family love it.

Jen SoapySuds said...

This is a family favorite of ours. Except I make it with dark chocolate cake mix. I like the contrast between the dark cake and white fluffy top. It's a picnic favorite.

Kari Shifflett said...

Yummy! All your Poke cakes are phenom!!

stuffitellmysister.me said...

This is in the oven as I write. Fixin' it for our Easter lunch. Thanks and Happy Easter! paula

Anonymous said...

Made te cake last weekend. awesome. I did toast the coconut, to make it look prettier. it was a huge hit and it will be a great addition to our father's day gathering! thanks!

RobinAKAGoatMom said...

I've been making this cake for over 25 years and its a big favorite with family and friends! Love your site, tasty and easy, my kind of cooking.

Lisa Cecil said...

This was the best coconut cake ever! Thanks so much, I shared it:-)

Anonymous said...

Could this be done in 2 8-inch round pans, then after cooled, stack it with the whipped topping & coconut in-between? Can't wait to taste this, either way! Thank you SOOO much for sharing the recipe!

SaraBeAn said...

Ananymous - You'd have to be careful trying to stack it with the "Pokes" in it. It may try to fall apart on you. Oh, but it sounds yummy. Going to the store on my way home to pick up coconut and Lopez. :)

Anonymous said...

If you make instant vanilla pudding (according to the package directions), add 1/2 tsp coconut extract, then mix it in with the cool whip, the frosting is better! Toasting the coconut is also a nice touch.

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes you can. And you don't have to 'poke' the cake-if you split the layers in half, pour the coco lopez evenly across all four, then let it soak in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Lynn Schutter said...

My cake is in the oven right now. Can't wait to try this cake. It sounds yummy and looks even better. Thanks for all these great recipes that use stuff that I normally have around the house. Nothing fancy, just tastes that way.

Brandie S. said...

Thank you so much for that Lynn! I really do appreciate it. Hope you loved this cake!

Brandie S. said...

Sounds yummy!

Anonymous said...

I recently made a layer cake very similar to this and found it was delicious! I must add that this recipe was shared with me by a friends mother and to be honest I thought it sounded terrible when she told me what we were going to do....LOL...but I was there to help and this is what we did and it turned out to be awesome!
The difference was the following:

Make three 8 or 9" layers, poke holes in all 3.
You will need to make a "filling" using a 16 oz tub of sour cream, approx. 2 cups of powdered sugar and a large hand full of flaked coconut. We didn't measure each of these items exactly, we just judged as we went with it to make a good filling consistency with the amount of coconut we thought would be desirable.
Starting with the first layer pour the cream of coconut over it lightly and allow to "seep" in.
Spread a layer of the "filling" over the cake layer.
Follow with the next two layers in the same fashion.
Once your cake is assembled and the cream of coconut and filling is applied to each layer frost entire cake with whipped topping and garnish with flaked coconut.

Anonymous said...

I have made this with chocolate cake. Yummy!!

Anonymous said...

Have you ever made this as a round, layer cake? I think it would make for a prettier presentation at a party.

Howard said...

I didn't have coconut cream, but had coconut milk. When i use coconut milk for this recipe, i add in the sweetened condensed milk with it for a sweeter taste. comes out beautifully.

Anonymous said...

I have made this cake for years, it is one of my favorite cakes of all time, but I use the cream of coconut and also mix a can of sweetened condensed milk with it and pour over the cake then top with the whipped topping and then shredded coconut. It is always a winner when taken to any family event or get together.

Anonymous said...

Goya, which is a Spanish/Latino/Hispanic line of products IS carried in Walmart and they have the cream of coconut, under $2.00. This cake is awesome with lots of ohhhs and ahhhh,

Mrs. Love said...

I have made this cake many times!! I usually put some coconut into the cake batter before I bake it and then I stir the rest of the coconut into the whipped topping before frosting the cake. It's kind of lumpy looking but keeps the coconut from drying out. If you want, you can sprinkle a little reserved coconut on top so you don't see the lumpy frosting. Once I made a chocolate ganache and spread that over the topping and it tasted exactly like a Mounds bar!! Let the ganache cool some so it doesn't melt the topping though!! Extra yummy and delicious!! :)

Anonymous said...

I made this cake and my husband loved it. I toasted the coconut though.

Anonymous said...

I make this cake for Christmas every year. I put pineapple juice instead of water in the cake mix and left over fruit from the can on top of the cake before I frost it, and then pecans on top of the frosting. My family insists I make this cake every Christmas. I enjoy reading and trying your recipes. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, anytime I make a coconut cake I always use coconut milk instead of water in the cake mix, comes out very rich and people wonder what my secret is, but this adds even more richness I will have to try using both and see how that works. Yummmy Thanks again.

Cristina said...

I bought vanilla by accident instead of white....is there a big difference and did I mess up?? I just made this cake and waiting for it to cool down so I can add the frosting and coconut. Can't wait to taste this...looks delicious!!

mommom said...

I made this cake for my daughter's birthday, and everyone raved about it. The next day my daughter said again how yummy it was. After reading all reviews, I did add 3/4 of a can of sweetened condensed milk. I think I could have used the whole can as I did not find the cake "overly" sweet. This cake was so easy to make. I made it the day before, then refrigerated it.

Anonymous said...

I think between the coconut cream layer and the whipped cream layer it would be good with a layer of raspberry jam. yum

Anonymous said...

Made this for Thanksgiving and it got rave reviews!

kim monroe said...

OMG! I just made this for the first time. It was soooo good. The best cake I have ever made.

Angelica said...

I had this for my work Christmas party and it was a hit!! It tasted just as good as it looked.

Anonymous said...

I've been making a very similar cake for years and I love it. The only differences: I use coconut milk instead of cream of coconut (not sure how different these are), and I mix sweetened condensed milk with the coconut milk before pouring in the cake.

Martha said...

I have friends who love and hope coconut cake around the holidays. This is so much easier looking forward to trying this one out on the guys. Thanks

Teresa Stokley said...

This really is the Best Recipe Ever! My Grandmomma gave me this as her go to recipe Years ago, & I really thought I had sum kinda family secret recipe til I seen it here, LOL! But I luv ur site & I've Lots N common with u, I live Near P'cola! Born and raised, married a construction man, & traveled about 7 years with him, only to settle back dwn N my home town! LOL. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

I am the only one in the house that loves coconut, So i made this cake, cut out enough for 2 -days and put the rest in the freezer in a freezer bowl and covered with wax paper..the cake lasts a good three months, maybe longer..and it actually taste really good partially frozen!!

srasmoo Rasmussen said...

My mom celebrated her 80th birthday on April 3rd and the coconut cream poke cake was what she wanted for her bd cake. It's her favorite and a breeze to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe.